En Plein Air

Twin Trees Heywood – En Plein Air 2020

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Such has been the enthusiasm and positivity, for our Twin Trees Heywood Festival, Three Day Tutored En Plein Air, that we have already set the date for next year’s event. Set in the stunning environs of Heywood Gardens, the beautiful surrounding woodlands, and picturesque Ballinakill Village, our En Plein Air 2020, will take place from […]

Heywood

Photographs From Around Heywood, Ballinakill

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A walk around Heywood Demesne A collection of photographs taken along the route from Heywood Gardens, and through the beautiful riverside walk that leads back to the village of Ballinakill.  This is the stunning setting for the inaugural Twin Trees Heywood Festival, which takes place during Heritage Week 2019, running from August 22nd – August […]

Festival 2019

Yoga In Heywood Gardens with Simon Rogers

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Yoga in Heywood Gardens with Simon Rogers

Twin Trees Heywood Festival 2019. Yoga in Heywood Gardens with Simon Rogers. We cannot think of a better way to wind down gently (after the garden party on Saturday evening) than a calming yoga class with Simon Rodgers of Blackhill Woods Retreat. Reconnect with yourself in the stunning and peaceful gardens, the perfect location to […]

Ballinakill

The Ghosts of Heywood Ballinakill

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A Tale from the Schools’ Collection It seems the fascination with Heywood, Ballinakill, is not just a  modern conviction!  In the late 1930’s, a primary school student, named Nicholas Delaney, from Bray, Co. Wicklow, wrote of Heywood, for a schools project. His information had been sourced from Mr. Thomas Delaney, living at the same address […]

Ballinakill

The Orangery

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The Orangery at Heywood.

Twin Trees Heywood Festival. The Orangery at Heywood. Orangeries were a popular, stylish addition to grand homes between the 17th and 19th centuries. They originated in the Renaissance gardens of Italy, after advancements in glass production, allowed for the glazing of large expanses, such as roof areas. The Orangery was used almost like a conservatory, […]

Ballinakill

Sham Castle

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Sham Castle at Heywood Demesne, Ballinakill

Twin Trees Heywood Festival. Sham Castle at Heywood, Ballinakill. Situated at Heywood Demesne, Ballinakill, Sham Castle, and the Gothic Ruin, were constructed as follies, which were whimsical and fashionable additions to wealthy estates, at the time. The Trench family, who lived in Heywood House, intentionally had the follies constructed as ruins. They appear as they […]

Ballinakill

Gothic Ruin

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Gothic Ruin at Heywood Ballinakill

Twin Trees Heywood Festival. Gothic Ruin at Heywood, Ballinakill. Situated at Heywood Demesne, Ballinakill, Sham Castle, and the Gothic Ruin, were constructed as follies, which were whimsical and fashionable additions to wealthy estates, at the time. The Trench family, who lived in Heywood House, intentionally had the follies constructed as ruins. They appear as they […]

Ballinakill

Heywood Ballinakill – A Brief History

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Twin Trees Heywood Festival - Heywood Gardens

Heywood Ballinakill Heywood Gardens were completed in 1912, and consist 50 acres of gardens, lakes, woodland and architectural features. The gardens have a spectacular setting on a hillside looking south-east over a sweep of undulating country which takes in seven counties. A walk lined with lime trees leads to a formal terrace overlooking the surrounding […]